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The Cormac McCarthy Society Announces the First Volume in its New Casebook Series


The Cormac McCarthy Society announces the first volume of its Casebook series, You Would Not Believe What Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy's Knoxville. The Society plans additional volumes over the coming year to cover each of McCarthy's novels and plays.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 03, 2012

The Cormac McCarthy Society marks its 20th anniversary by publishing the first volume in its new casebook series, "You Would Not Believe what Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy's Knoxville."

This is the first of a planned series of full length volumes offering complete and balanced assessments of his works. They are designed to interest McCarthy's worldwide legions of fans and lay readers as well as to scholars and students.

This inaugural volume covers Suttree, the author's fourth novel and masterpiece of his Appalachian period. The casebook's essays illuminate the decaying riverfront and urban netherworlds of the Knoxville, Tennessee of the late 1940s where its story is mainly set. The volume also includes biographical sketches about the idiosyncratic characters who populate Suttree's pages, insights into the pervasive influence of the Tennessee Valley Authority (for which McCarthy's father served as chief legal counsel), extensive consideration of the novel itself and an anecdotal introduction by Cormac's brother, Dennis McCarthy, about growing up with the usually reticent author.

Each casebook in the series will combine in-depth historical information with detailed considerations of McCarthy's ten published novels, two plays and screenplays. The Cormac McCarthy Society will publish the second volume, They Rode On: Blood Meridian and the Tragedy of the American West, in the spring of 2013.

The Cormac McCarthy Society is an independent nonprofit educational organization not affiliated in any way with the author, his publishers or his agents. Founded in 1993 by a group of fans and scholars for the purpose of studying the author's works and the literatures of the Appalachia, the American South and Southwest, the Society will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this spring at its annual conference at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

For more information about this new casebook series, the Society and its many activities, please visit our web site at, or contact Rick Wallach, the Secretary of the Society, at info(at)cormacmccarthy(dot)com.

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